In his acceptance speech before the RNC last Thursday, Mitt Romney quoted Barack Obama’s 2008 promise that his election would “slow the rise of the oceans” —at which point he paused a full twelve seconds before finishing the quotation. This was a brilliant rhetorical gesture: to let the absurdity of such unmerited self-regard sink into the audience’s mind anew. Romney was asking us to consider choosing a man of deeds over a man of words. That’s what I’m doing.
Hippies, don’t let your intellectual pride compel you to make the same mistake twice. But if you don’t have the integrity to admit you were wrong the first time, you could at least have the decency to not vote this time.
I will not defend Islam in any way, so let me be frank (or maybe a Frank) about that from the start. Religious tolerance is an illusion of interpersonal diplomacy assented to by most and realized —in fact— by few. Leftists perceive of themselves as superior to ”Christianists” by virtue of their supposedly scientific convictions (e.g., certitude in the truth of Evolution but, then again, of anthropogenic global warming, too) and by virtue of a sounder grasp of the separation of church and state. But Leftists do not believe in religious tolerance any more than I do. They believe that the Constitution grants them a right from religion when it actually grants them the right of religion. As an atheist in the conventional sense, observing that distinction is what allows me to live as I do. But, insofar as these Leftists and their pseudo-liberal followers are Marxist at all, they can certainly have no genuine respect for the magic shows of the religious Right or the Catholic church. After all, those are the refuges of racist gun-owners and Bible-readers, not of the right-thinking “reality-based community” (as they used to refer to themselves, now with extra irony).
Anyway, when fools like Michael Bloomberg stand and declaim upon the moral superiority of allowing a goddamned mosque complex to be built a mere stroll away from the site of the atrocities of 11 September 2001 as the highest order of religious tolerance, it makes me wonder whether such moral exhibitionism is easier with the tacit but certain knowledge that the godforsaken thing will never be built.
No, it isn’t religious tolerance to allow an insult and then to pretend that it was never inflicted. One thing that Westerners need to know about the Muslim mind is that it turns on the spit of the provocative gesture. As an old friend once remarked, the capital of capitalism had its two front teeth knocked out —right down the street from where this thing is supposed to be planted. The attacks of 11 September 2001 were, in themselves, a deeply humiliating and destructive gesture of contempt and provocation. What self-respecting people would permit a second such gesture at such proximity to the first? It isn’t defensible as religious tolerance but explicable only as the rankest sort of self-hatred. Bloomberg and the other useful idiots of the Ummah need to shut up and sit down.
Just think about all the eerie similarities between the Religion of Global Warming and certain monotheisms we know:
There’s certainly prophecy.
As well as eschatology.
And a seemingly inexhaustible measure of zealotry.
Did I mention disputes over doctrine and the constant striving for orthodoxy, generally?
Could also mention tithing and rituals and martyrdom and all the lying.
Lying? You bet. There’s a lot of nonsense that one is obligated to believe. Credo quia absurdum. But the hippies don’t see it my way. Instead, they believe themselves to be heroic saviors of the Earth because of where they come down on the “issue” of carbon dioxide.
This carbon tax that Henry Waxman and other discredited Californios are trying to implement is a giant fucking Socialist power grab. Wherever you live, tell your Congressman that you don’t want to fork over a mortgage payment’s worth of taxes every year to some United Nations-managed treasury of carbon-meritoriousness. This is a scam, dude. A post-American economy-destroying scam intended to enrich the Democratic Party and its collaborators.
If you’ve got some money to invest —and who doesn’t?!— I would recommend following and supporting any company that’s got a plan to launch a space trash removal service. They don’t have that already, do they? Oh. Launch platforms and interorbital rockets and guidance systems, even? But with camera systems for ID’ing all that junk and laser systems for destroying it, there’s got to be a great many markets out there.
In other news, I love the Hubble Space Telescope and I wish everybody up there this week great success and safety.
The surest evidence that what we are witnessing in this country is a Socialist power grab is the Democrats’ pursuit of the carbon tax. It is a measure that, by any measure, is unnecessary and highly ideological. The Leftists have convinced themselves, however, that their ideology in this regard is entirely justified by Science. Therefore, they seek to impose a tax on fossil fuels that will immediately burden the Little Man in the name of [higher reason]. And to what other end and into whose pockets? Well, uh, we’ll get to that later. But Science is God and God says let there be penance paid and sins remitted. The United Nations, I guess, will become the Arbiter of Nations and administer the programs funded by this disgusting tithe that is to be extracted from the pocketbooks and wallets of the American People.
To the Marxist, every truth may be divined by a deconstruction of the economics of a particular society, but there are equally essential cultural considerations that are never fully weighed by these people. There are morals and mores and folkways that do not submit to the quantifications and the soulless calculations of the America-hating Leftist because he pursues only [economic and scientific truth].
But do not doubt the turbulence of the thought now coursing through the ranks of what Nixon called the Great Silent Majority. I predict there will be moments of full volume to come when real Americans will speak out against this crime and demand proportion from their Government again and at last.
A long time ago, when I believed I had what it took to write a book of philosophy, I wanted to develop the idea of unprecedence in History. I wanted to show how scale is the wheel upon which most transgenerational analogies of economic phenomena are broken. This was —and remains— part of my politics: that there are too many people in this country and that the things that kept the American Economy intact and thriving sixty-plus years ago will no longer suffice. They won’t suffice politically or morally in this age of identity politics or multicultural relativism.
The population of the United States at the end of the Second World War was about 140 million. Our population is now over 300 million. Well within the space of a single lifetime, our size has more than doubled. How will the financial infrastructure of this society survive when its retirement, pension, and benefits systems are collapsing under the weight of too many takers and not enough makers? How will health care make it under the burden of people who live too long? And why do we still make phone books? Think of all the probably hundreds of thousands of people whose livelihoods depend on giving us phone books. Good God! I haven’t needed a phone book in years. And cell phone companies charge more for texting than voice telephony even though texting costs the cell phone companies far less to provide! Manufactures go away not just when a sweatshop in Thailand can do it cheaper than us, but when we—
Oh, to hell with it. We’re all cannon fodder now.
Really? A world-class athlete smokes pot? Get outta here! Doesn’t Michael Phelps know that marihuana is a “gateway drug” to which he should have just said “no”?
According to the Federal Government, marihuana is a Schedule I controlled substance —just like heroin or ecstasy. Is that supposed to make sense? No, it’s fucking crap. Just accept it and move on.
Oh, and how about the biggest killer of them all? Where does tobacco rank? What “schedule” is nicotine?
Uh, well. It’s, uh, it’s not listed by the DEA on any of the schedules.
And, yet, it is a certified mass murderer. One that we tax and depend on for various actuarial reasons, of course, but a legally protected and widely available mass murderer.
How about it, President Obama? Where will your drug policies differ from J. Edgar’s?
For maybe two or three years (I just don’t have a good sense for spans of time but, then again, neither do climatofreaks or creationists), the screw holding the right temple to the frame of my eyeglasses would, about every other or third day, come loose, requiring me to constantly take a screwdriver to it and make do til the next round of petty maintenance.
Then, about three months ago, the screw stopped coming loose. And I have not since had to make any adjustments at all. It’s like the frame found some molecular velcro in the threading of the screw to meld with and to not let go.
Watch it come loose tomorrow just to spite me. Yes, that’s right: my eyeglasses are a part of some inanimate matrix capable of spite and scheming.
Jinxery is a problem of the overly rational, as well as it is of the profoundly religious. It is a relic of misunderstanding causality that often marks our personalities like branding irons that seared the asses of our character.
I’ve never gotten why people feel the need to say “Bless you!” after someone sneezes. Yes, I understand the historical-cultural —even the “religious” thing— behind it, but it is an annoying habit. Perhaps more annoying than the sneeze itself. But if blessing people in this way is annoying, then the one thing that trumps even that is the obligation it puts on the sneezer to say “thanks” in acknowledgement. Why do I, for instance, find myself thanking someone for saying something so unnecessary about so necessary a function?
People who sneeze are not, in fact, expelling their spirits through their noses and/or stopping their hearts; they are, instead, reflexively protecting their own bodies by violently ejecting whatever it was that was posing a threat to their respiratory and immune systems. Thus, as one is already blessed to have that well-functioning physical reaction to such a danger, one would do better to use the German “Gesundheit!” which is somehow less superstititous than it is recognitive. (”Healthiness! Yes! You are exhibiting healthiness!”)
Oh, and Obama’s Israel policy is already sucking.
The last spam I received in my spam folder for 2008? It’s a little something, as it were, from one “Bryon Hogan” with the subject line
Your popularity will rise when you get a bigger size.
True dat, but what cheek! Mr. Hogan may think his little fortune cookie aphorism is the limit of cleverness, but I wish he would just leave me be. It’s New Year’s Day and I’m not in the market for whatever he’s selling.
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